Extraordinary is what you make of it
In Captain America: The First Avenger (2011), when Steve Rogers AKA Captain America reached Germany and those soldiers were behind enemy lines. He knew he was just a stooge to help raise funds and morale for soldiers carrying on the good fight—that is what he was. But he understood who he was as well. He knew that Extraordinary in the hands of some leaders was an extra buck and a stage show, but extraordinary in his hands was saved lives.
Self-Doubt should be used constructively
During the dramatic climax of The Avengers (2012), Captain America is wondering if he and his team can pull it together. He uses this time and nervous energy to shore up holes in his self-confidence and handle any animosity or negativity with other team members. He did not speak to plans and ideas, but the emotional needs of him and the team. Whether it be self-doubt or any other negative emotions use it constructively and then get your head back in the game. Someone is going to win. Whether it’s you or not is a choice and Cap wants to win!
Whether using his last bit of anger and strength to fight a villain or ripping wood in half, Cap doesn’t let his emotions about present circumstances get out of hand. He has to lead when the mission is going well and when it’s going bad. Being able to clear the emotional clutter and focus on completing the task at hand or simply redirecting that frustration is critical to all leaders.
Asking a lot of those around you is okay
In The Avengers (2012), Captain America asked 5 people to stop an invading alien armada trying to conquer the earth starting in New York City. While he was speaking to a guy in a robotic suit of armor and The Hulk, there were regular folk there too! That’s asking a lot, but leaders can do that. They ask a lot of those around them and expect it to be done. Great leaders get their hands dirty too and do it with the team.
Friendship is Crucial to Success
In Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014), Cap is pitted against his friend Sergeant James Buchanan Barnes, better known as Bucky Barnes. Cap’s first inclination is to help his friend not destroy him. His desire to save and value Bucky is carried over into Captain America: Civil War (2016). Great leaders know the difference between and value of a friend and a subordinate and treat them accordingly.
Bonus: He changes with the times…sort of
Cap was an icicle for the better part of a century. While he’s still catching up on modern history and current colloquialisms, he’s exhibited a flexibility of all area except a few. His morals, his values, and his beliefs he’s willing to stick by. Methodology, commanding officers, etc. he’s willing to be flexible and that’s very important for any leader.
That's my take on the 5 Captain America can teach you about leadership. What do you think? Comment below let me know.
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